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. even though the united states faces enormous obstacles, most of them self-inflicted, we also have the power and the means to overcome them just as america has done in the past. think about the early years of the cold war in the late 1940's. an era in which politics was every bit as ugly and confrontational as this country has seen before or since. president harry truman was a loyal democrat and a tough partisan. in his 1948 acceptance speech at the democratic convention, he referred to republicans as the common enemy who wanted to stick a knife in the back of the board. republicans called for truman's impeachment on a regular basis. it was said, the purpose of the opposition was to oppose. in the end, in that earlier, hyper partisan environment, it was members of the opposition, republicans like vandenburg and senator richard nixon who helped truman pass the marshall plan that saved western europe from soviet domination. republican support was also critical for the passage of aid to greece and turkey that took the plan of containment into action. and there is nato, which has susta
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